Dimestore Medicine (no label)
Disc 1 (77:52): Phantom Engineer, Sitting On A Barbed Wire Fence, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Please Crawl Out Your Window, If You Gotta Go Go Now, I Don’t Want To Be Your Partner, She’s Your Lover Now, Visions Of Johanna, Desolation Row, From A Buick Six, Jet Pilot, Number One, Lunatic Princess Revisited, Midnight Train, Please Crawl Out Your Window, Visions Of Johanna, Tombstone Blues, Queen Jane Approximately, Like A Rolling Stone
Disc 2 (77:42): Subterranean Homesick Blues, You Don’t Have To Do That, I’ll Keep It With Mine, It’s All Over Now Baby Blue, Love Minus Zero, She Belongs To Me, To Ramona (4/30/65, Sheffield), Hattie Carroll (5/10/65, London), Love Minus Zero (5/6/65, Newcastle), It Ain’t Me Babe (5/10/65, London), It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (5/10/65, RAH, London), It’s All Over Now Baby Blue, It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
By 1965 Bob Dylan passed the folk wunderkind and the political protesting balladeer phases and entered the most ensuring phase of rock and roll beat hipster. At one of the early heights of his creativity, he was able to blend the dense imagery in his poetry with a new sense of urgency in the music. Finding inspiration in the pop music of the day, he was able to utilize musical tones well past the guitar and voice and weave music that had never before (or since) been heard.
The tracks range from outtakes, alternate takes and live songs taken from his great mid-sixties triptych Bring It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde.
Dimestore Medicine on an anonymous label is a straight reissue of the release with the same name on Wild Card (Joker WC65) released in 2001. In the more than twelve years it has become had to find and a reissue is much welcomed. All tracks have been released on previous bootlegs, but it’s nice to see them in one place in excellent sound quality.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)